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Cape Town - The development and retention of skills is a priority for the airline industry in Africa, Chris Zweigenthal, CEO of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (Aasa), said on Friday.

"Africa is successfully training and developing its own pipeline of talented aviation professionals, particularly pilots, engineers, technicians, air traffic service officials, airline network, revenue and fleet managers and other specialists whose skills are often sought after in other parts of the world, he said at Aasa's 46th annual general assembly taking place in Swakopmund, hosted by Air Namibia and SA Express.

"Because ours is a globally competitive industry, we have to accept that the retention of these skills comes at a premium and we have to make staying a more competitive proposition."

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